As you may or may not know, we recently asked for submissions: photos of a shower you held or attended recently. We also asked for your ideas to be shared among all Your Heart Out readers. Hurry up, up, up; we want to brag about you and the deadline for entries is May 31. The winner (our favorite) gets a special shower-themed prize: think Martha Stewart. (Who else?)
Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with “May Showers” in the subject line, pretty please.
We loved this one from Jamie Anne, so detailed it knocked our socks off:
I’m not a huge fan of theme-based parties (unless they’re simply carrying a lovely color theme throughout.) I just like fanciful, elegant, ribbon-adorned florally-abundant get-togethers that feel nice and sweet.
At such occasions, I often like to separate the meal table and the sweets and treats (aka dessert) table. I think a distinct separation between the two (if, of course, you are going with buffet-style serving) is the only way to go.
Here are my reasons:
- It makes it look like there’s a lot more food to be had.
- It shows more attention to detail and allows one to go into cute overload.
- If you only have one set of plates, and one buffet table, do you really expect people to sandwich their mint chocolate brownie and heart-shaped chocolate dipped cookie between the dressing-drenched salad and watery melon bits?
Mostly, I want things to pair up nicely: I’ve always wanted to create a dessert meal, if you will. Like some herbal tea with your lemon cookie. Or hot cocoa with your minty brownie. But, what to do in the summertime? Hot drinks will not do, and spritzy lemonade is gross with sweets. I think I found the ultimate solution: Drumroll, please: cupcakes (my specialty) and mini milkshakes. Who doesn’t love a good, fresh, fruity milkshake? And a cupcake to boot?
I’d do pink frosting with little white pearls or sprinkles—you could even do the cupcakes mini-size, just to make them more twee. Whip up some fruity milkshakes (for instance, strawberry) and pour them into small and skinny glasses. Top with a dallop of fresh whipped cream (or puff in a pastry bag), and insert color-coordinated straw. Ta-da!
A little web research taught me that I thought of the pairing (of course Martha was all over the mini milkshakes for a children’s party … and the doily, too, she really does think of everything). Still, since the combo of cupcakes and milkshakes is mine all mine, I’m claiming it as my own.
But thanks to Martha for the pictures!